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Remarkable artists: Caravaggio

Michelangelo Caravaggio was one of the greatest painters of all time. He fine tuned the technique of Chiaroscuro to increase drama in paintings. He influenced a lot of other painters like Rembrandt, Rubens, Vélazquez, de La Tour, Gentileschi, De Ribera…

Supper at Emmaus - Caravaggio

Did you know…?

  • Caravaggio was notorious for brawling. Because he was a famous painter, his patrons protected him from being prosecuted.
  • In 1606 he killed a man named Ranuccio Tomassoni
  • The reasons for the killing are not clear. Some say it was result of a quarrel over a gambling debt and a tennis game
  • This time his patrons couldn’t protect him anymore and he fled from Rome to Naples
  • After being the most famous Roman painter, he now became the most famous painter from Naples
  • Despite his succes, he left a few months later for Malta, to join the Knights of Malta
  • Soon he was arrested again for another fight. He wounded a knight.
  • He escaped from prison and fled to a friend in Sicily
  • All of these events couldn’t stop him from creating masterpieces and his style kept evolving
  • He became more and more bizarre: sleeping fully armed and with his clothes on, ripping up a painting at a slight word of criticism, mocking the local painters
  • He died at the age of 39. Officially he died of fever. Some people say he was murdered.
  • His influence on the history of art can hardly be exaggerated. Followers of his style are called Caravaggisti.

Amor Victorious

Amor Victorious


Self portrait as Bacchus

Self portrait as Bacchus


Judith Beheading Holofernes

Judith Beheading Holofernes


San Gerolamo

San Gerolamo

David and Goliath

David and Goliath. The head of the Giant is a self portrait.


Crucifixion of St. Peter

Crucifixion of St. Peter


Salome with the Head of John the Baptist

Salome with the Head of John the Baptist. The head is a self portrait of the artist.